03 Nov Manoj Pradhananga & family – Nepal
Sending Organizations : National Churches Fellowship of Nepal / Church Mission Society
Family: Anjila ( wife ) , two daughters ( Shruti and Smriti ) and a son ( Shrey)
Location : Kathmandu (Nepal)
CoMP Since: June 2007
Manoj Pradhananga serves as the director of the Leadership Training Department (LTD), which is one of the arms of the National Christian Fellowship of Nepal (NCFN)
Leadership training has been recognized as one of the main needs of the growing church in Nepal. The church in Nepal is one of the fastest growing in Asia, however with this growth; there is also a parallel need for equipped leadership in the church.
Nepal is just emerging from years of armed conflict and is faced with low levels of infrastructure, education, healthcare, employment and food production. This situation is static in face of unstable political situation and breakdown of state machinery in various parts of the country. Frequent strikes and ‘bandhs’ ( blocking streets and bringing vehicular traffic to a halt ) by various groups make development even more difficult .
There is urgent need to capacity build church leaders in their leadership skills and theological foundation. Many church leaders are held back from formal theological training due to lack of academic qualification requisite for them, family and ministry responsibilities and financial constraints are other reasons .
In this context the short-term trainings which LTD provides have proved to be effective. Main trainings which they provide include a three month residential program for Christian leaders which impart basic Christian leadership skills. Another important training is focused on Women. ‘Women Leadership Training’ is pioneering in a culture in which women in leadership – both within the church and society in general – still needs to gain acceptance. ‘Family Seminars’ are focused on strengthening marriages and family life.